- March 18, 2014
The Conservatives Apply for the Liquidation of the Russian Media in Lithuania
The Member of the Parliament Kęstutis Masiulis applied for the Department of Homeland Security to initiate the restraint of the suspension of issuing the Russian periodicals in Lithuania „Litovskij kurjer”, „Obzor”, „Ekspress nedelia”, and to hold the transmission of the Russian TV channel „Pierwyj Bałtijskij Kanał”.
„The Department of Homeland Security has the knowledge, according to which these titles have been disseminating the propaganda of Kremlin. (…) if we know about the sources of threats, they should be eliminated. These titles are going to abandon the dissemination of Putin’s ideology, or they will be closed. Propaganda cannot be evaluated as an alternative and equivalent an opinion, because it is based on fantasies.” – justifies the request the Member on behalf of the Conservative Party.
In the report the Lithuanian Department of Homeland Security pointed out that “the Russian media have been one of the instruments of influence in the field of the information policy and ideology in Lithuania, i.e. „Litovskij kurjer”, „Obzor”, „Ekspress nedelia” i „Pierwyj Bałtijskij Kanał”.
Last year in Lithuania the activity of „Pierwyj Bałtijskij Kanał” was limited after it had broadcast the audition “Man and the Law” in 2013 in which, in the opinion of Lithuania, the events of 13 January 1991 in Vilnius television tower had been presented in a propagandist and inconsistent with the truth manner.
Tłumaczenie by Roksana Kasperek w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Roksana Kasperek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.